Abel Tasman Family Reunion

Abel Tasman Family Reunion

Walking barefoot in the sand along the Tasman Sea was the perfect end to the perfect day.  The hike through New Zealand’s pristine Abel Tasman National Park was stunning and the weather ideal, but that’s not what made the day exceptional.  It was the first day we had spent together as a family since December 2010.  It had been nearly a year and a half since I had enjoyed the company of my parents and brother and it was a day that really made me realize how much I had missed them.

In my life I have only been oceans apart from my family once, while studying abroad in Scotland.  The reunion in London was sweet after just three months and this was even sweeter.  We were all so thrilled to see each other and eager to catch up on all the details of what we had missed, perfect conversation fodder for a long hike.  My brother had a new job, my parents had retired a lot had happened while I was on the road. I had missed so much, yet none of that seemed to matter now that we were all together.

The magnificent views and turquoise blue waters of one of New Zealand’s most photogenic national parks was a superb location for our family reunion.  That’s not to say that this was the first day we all spent together on the trip, but for me it was the first day that really felt like the family vacations I remember growing up.  The type of trips that are reminiscent of National Lampoon’s Griswold family vacations (in a good way).

With my brother Nick and I sharing the backseat and Mom reminding us to use the bathroom before we leave it was as if I were twelve again, heading out West in the family minivan, making great family memories.  It was refreshing to laugh with Nick about how we used to fight for space in the backseat rather than reliving it.  Sitting in the car, picnic packed and Dad driving, it was surprisingly nice to be taken care of, knowing some things never change.

Once we arrived at Abel Tasman we piled out of the car, oohing and awing at the scenery.  We hit the trail and along the way took all the obligatory family photos, giving each other bunny ears and sharing old memories while getting caught up on each others lives.    By the end of the day we had taken loads of family photos together, but more importantly made even more lasting memories I will cherish for a lifetime.

Thanks Mom, Dad and Nick for flying all the way to New Zealand to make those memories, it means the world to me!

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» BKA :
Jun 5, 2012

Ditto with tears and hugs!!…….Love Dad

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